Chartwell Advises on Sale of Impact Innovations to IG Design Group

Chartwell advised the Board of Directors of Impact Innovations, Inc. (“Impact” or the “Company”) and its Special Committee, on the sale of the Company to IG Design Group Americas, Inc. (“IG America”).  IG America is a U.S. based wholly owned subsidiary of IG Design Group plc (“IG”), a leading designer, innovator, and manufacturer of celebration, gifting, stationery, and creative play products based in the United Kingdom.  Chartwell advised the Board of Directors of its strategic alternatives resulting from IG’s unsolicited offer to acquire the Company.  Due to the seasonal nature of Impact’s business and the timing of the transaction, Chartwell successfully structured the transaction inclusive of several unique strategies to maximize shareholder value, while completing the transaction within an expedited timeline.

ABOUT IMPACT

Founded in 1968 and employing a staff of more than 250 employee owners globally, Impact Innovations is a top designer, manufacturer, and distributor of special occasion paper, décor, and fabric products.  The Company is headquartered in Clara City, Minnesota, where its fabric and décor business is located, and its state-of-the-art gift wrap manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution facilities are located in Memphis, Tennessee.  Impact has additional manufacturing operations in Shaoxing, China and offices in Hong Kong. For more information about Impact, please visit www.impactinnovationsinc.com.

ABOUT IG DESIGN

IG Design Group is one of the world's leading designers, innovators, and manufacturers of gift packaging and greetings, social expression giftware, stationery, and creative play products.  IG is publicly traded on the AIM exchange in the United Kingdom and serves more than 10,000 customers worldwide through operations in the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas.  IG’s products span a diverse group of regions, categories, seasons, and brands and can be found in over 200,000 retail outlets internationally.  For more information about IG, please visit www.thedesigngroup.com.

TRANSACTION PROFESSIONALS

Impact was represented by Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc. as its exclusive financial advisor to the Board of Directors and its Special Committee.  Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. acting as Company counsel.  Impact’s Special Committee was chaired by Neil Brozen of Ventura ESOP Fiduciary Services, with SC&H Capital Group providing a fairness opinion to the Special Committee.  First Bankers Trust Services, Inc. served as the ESOP Trustee, with Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc. and Lathrop Gage LLP providing financial and legal advice, respectively.  IG was represented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP as legal counsel.

For additional information on this transaction or Chartwell’s corporate finance services, please contact Greg Fresh.